National Topics

Jan 21, 2015

Real estate firm sues Chongryon over delayed property sale

Real estate developer Marunaka Holdings Co. has filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, blaming the group for delaying the company’s acquisition of the association’s Tokyo headquarters, sources close to the matter said ...

Jan 20, 2015

'YouTube shoplifter' planned to elude cops until March

A teenager in police custody over the posting of online videos showing him tampering with food on store shelves apparently had plans to remain on the loose until March, investigative sources said. The 19-year-old boy from Mitaka, western Tokyo, had a memo showing the ...

Jan 20, 2015

Osaka man held for injuring bicyclist by stringing wire across path

A man has been arrested for allegedly stretching a steel wire across a promenade in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, last week and injuring a bicyclist, police said. Toshikazu Tachibana, 69, an employee at an “okonomiyaki” (Japanese-style pancake) restaurant in Higashiosaka, is suspected of attempted murder ...

Jan 19, 2015

Man sues women's university for rejecting application

A man who applied to a women’s university in the city of Fukuoka filed for damages Monday, arguing the public college’s rejection of his application amounts to gender discrimination and is unconstitutional. In the complaint filed with the Fukuoka District Court, the man in ...

Jan 16, 2015

Sasebo girl may face prosecution: sources

Prosecutors on Friday handed the teenager suspected of murdering and dismembering her classmate last July to the Sasebo Police Station in Nagasaki Prefecture for safekeeping while she awaits her family court trial and potential criminal charges. Prosecutors have completed psychiatric tests on the 16-year-old, ...

Jan 16, 2015

Needles, toothpicks found in food packages; YouTube teen sought

The Metropolitan Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old boy seen in YouTube videos shoplifting and poking toothpicks into food packages at supermarkets and convenience stores. Needles have also been found in food. Police said Thursday the unemployed Tokyo resident is ...